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PHT Morning Skate: McQuaid’s injury might impact Bruins trade plans

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Boston Bruins might end up shutting down defenseman Adam McQuaid for an unspecified period of time as he continues to deal with a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 19. The Bruins might adjust their trade deadline plans depending on his status. (Boston Herald)

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Now that the Olympics and outdoor game at Soldier Field are behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks can finally get back to business as usual. (CSN Chicago)

The Vancouver Canucks will name former coach Pat Quinn into their Ring of Honour. (Canucks.nhl.com)

Rookie Matt Nieto meshed well with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton on the San Jose Sharks’ top line last night. (CSN Bay Area)

Meanwhile, New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe admitted that it was “weird” to play against his former Sharks teammates. (The Bergen Record)

Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon is questionable going into Monday’s game. (Dallas Morning News)

With so many teams up against the salary cap, it will be a major consideration as we approach the trade deadline. (Toronto Star)

Here are the highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the Heritage Classic:

Lundqvist calls loss to Bruins ‘Painful. Extremely painful’

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The Boston Bruins pulled away from the New York Rangers on Sunday with a 3-1 third period, notching a 6-3 win overall. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t take it very well.

Rangers captain (and trade rumor magnet) Ryan Callahan pointed to opposing teams capitalizing on their “lapses.” He dismissed questions about those trade rumors and said that he was just going about his business.

“Obviously my heart is still here and I want to be here,” Callahan said. “We’ll just see what happens.”

In that regard, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault seems optimistic that Callahan will stick around. The Rangers don’t have another game until Wednesday’s trade deadline passes, so it remains to be seen if this is his last game playing for the Blueshirts.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers stream link

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A Sunday full of hockey on NBC and NBCSN wraps up with a tilt between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. You can watch the game on NBCSN and also via this handy link:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

The Rangers have lost ground to the Philadelphia Flyers lately. Philly beat them 4-2 on Saturday and managed a come-from-behind victory against the Washington Capitals today, catapulting them above the Rangers for the sixth spot in the East. That’s only a one-point lead, however, so the Rangers can regain their perch with at least a point (they have 33 wins to Philly’s 32).

The Bruins’ situation is roomier, as they sit atop the Atlantic Division with 79 points. Still, they’ve lost two games in a row since the post-Olympic break, so Boston wants to right the ship tonight.

Neely defends Bruins’ big ticket price hike

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The Boston Bruins have given their fanbase a lot to cheer about in recent years, but that success has come at a price.

In 2010-11, the season the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, balcony tickets at TD Garden ranged from $18 to $65 while loge seats would run you between $59 to $101. Those prices have risen sharply since, to the point where the cheapest balcony seat will cost you $45 in 2014-15 and it will range from $88 to $145 for loge, according to the Boston Globe.

In 2013-14, the balcony seats are at $32 to $91 and loge tickets range from $70 to $132.

Bruins president Cam Neely was upfront about the change, acknowledging that it is a “big increase,” but he also feels it’s a justified one.

“We feel like we’ve put a competitive team on the ice, we’ve won a Cup, we’ve gone to the Finals,” Neely told CBS Boston. “The cap is going up next year by close to $7 million, and we’re going to be able to spend to the cap.”

He went on to say that the increase is needed for the team to stay competitive.

Obviously, the fact that Bruins tickets are in demand plays a role in the price hike as well. The waiting list for Bruins’ season tickets is over 5,000. They also have a 100% attendance record so far this season, per ESPN.com.

Boston currently leads the Atlantic Division and is in a good spot to enjoy another lengthy playoff run.

Video: Bruins’ Soderberg behind-the-back pass sets up Kelly’s goal

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The Boston Bruins looked a little rusty for a chunk of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, but Carl Soderberg appeared more-than-alert with this beauty of a pass to set up Chris Kelly’s fifth goal of the season:

The two teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1.

You can stream the game live here.